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PostHeaderIcon Sony Ejects from Optical Disc Drive Market



The latest sign that optical disc drives (ODDs) are increasingly viewed as obsolete technology is the fact that Sony has decided to pull out of the market completely. Intense competition and rock bottom prices led to Sony’s decision to withdraw from the market, and given the rise of cloud-based services and digital distribution platforms, we wouldn’t be surprised if other players stopped making ODDs, too.

That’s not to say it’s a dead technology as of today, but it’s certainly telling that a number of new PCs in the thin and light (Ultrabook, sleekbook, and so forth) segment don’t even bother to come equipped with CD/DVD drives anymore.

According to a report in The Japan Times, Sony Optiarc will stop producing ODDs for PCs in November. The company’s ODD operations will come to a complete halt in March of next year, at which time Sony will liquidate its ODD unit. Sony said it will offer early retirement to around 400 of the unit’s employees, while others will be transferred to different positions.

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PostHeaderIcon The SEOmoz YouTube Contest – Winners!



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Earlier this month we launched our YouTube channel. To celebrate, we announced the “One Tool or Tactic, Two Minutes” contest, challenging the SEOmoz community to create a two-minute video highlighting their favorite tool or tactic.

For those who might have missed it, here’s the original YouTube contest post.

The Videos

We were thrilled with the response we got. You guys got creative: we had everything from simple Whiteboard-Friday-style standups to screencasts of tool use to cartoons and fully produced mini-movies.

We also learned a lot about what everyone's focusing on these days. We received a ton of submissions in the Content Marketing and Social Media categories, just a few in the Email/Outreach category, and none at all in the APIs or Google Updates categories (I guess everyone’s finally tired of talking about Panda and Penguin?).

When we first launched the contest, we decided that if there were no submissions in a category, we would name more than one winner in another category so there would still be 9 winners. Even with the ability to have a “tie” in a category, we had so many great submissions that we couldn’t keep the winners to 9.

So without further ado, here are the TEN winners of the SEOmoz YouTube contest. You can see the videos on our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/moz. We got lots of requests to see the runners-up too, so in a few days we'll show you the videos that almost made the cut as well.

The Winners

Content Marketing – TIE!

Link Building

Social Media – THREE WAY TIE!

Analytics

SEO Secrets

Email/Outreach

Conversion Rate Optimization

In addition to being featured in this post and on our YouTube channel, the winners will also receive some awesome SEOmoz swag!

The Runners-Up

  • Content Siloing by Laurent Bourrelly of LaurentBourrelly.com
  • SEO Secrets: First in Google by Markus Allen of Marketing-Ideas.org
  • How to Don't Be Evil by Intrapromote

The editorial team had such a blast watching all of the videos you guys submitted – we love seeing your bright shiny faces and hearing you talk about SEO. We'll definitely be providing more opportunities for you to submit video content in the future, so stay tuned!

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PostHeaderIcon Lenovo: RT Tablets to Cost $300 Less than Windows 8 Slates



No matter how much we’d like it to happen, Microsoft probably isn’t going to launch Surface starting a mere $199, as has been rumored this week. Not only would such an aggressive pricing strategy further piss off Microsoft’s hardware partners, it would also require selling the device at a significant loss. So, how much will Surface cost? Nobody knows for sure, but according to Lenovo, Windows RT versions will be priced up to $300 less than their Windows 8 counterparts.

“RT will play in consumer and retail at very aggressive price points,” David Schmoock, head of Lenovo’s North America operations, told Bloomberg in an interview. “It will do well but it’s going to be more of a consumer price point play to begin with.”

Schmook also suggested Windows 8 Surface tablets will sell for $600 and $700, so unless our math is fuzzy, that means Windows RT-based tablets will debut anywhere from $300 to $500, which seems a more reasonable prediction than $199.

If you haven’t been following, Windows RT tablets will feature ARM-based hardware inside, while higher end Windows 8 tablets support x86 processor from Intel and AMD.

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